Join in action against the trend of burning black churches. Even one intentional arson is one too many and is a threat to racial peace in America.
When my turn came to to get my book signed and chat with the author, the conversation turned philosophical, and Rodriguez repeated Mother Teresa's words, "I see the face of God when I look at you."
Here's what I'm learning about love: if it has to shrink down to fit my theology or preconceived ideas, it probably isn't love.
The so-called religious freedom laws Republican wannabees seek are fig leafs for discrimination against gay couples. But should such laws become reality, they would go far beyond the ability of a Christian business to refuse to cater a gay wedding.
This town in northern Israel has everything but circus barkers touting its main product. Storefronts are alive with oversize signs all telling the same story: This is the spot where Jesus Christ performed the first of some three dozen miracles.
I know that on occasion this column can skew left in its political leanings, and in the past I may have offended a few people on the right side (looki...
As a Christian I wholeheartedly believe that God does not make mistakes and he would not have accidentally made millions of people (and animals) gay by chance. We are all who we are for a reason and no one should ever make you feel bad for that.
"Walk out till you're at least knee-deep in the water, then just sit down as if you're falling into an easy chair." It seemed impossible, but as I fell back into the water, the Dead Sea gently caught me and I floated like I was on a space walk with no gravity.
In the last week, after Pope Francis's recent encyclical on the environment Laudato Si', the media reacted as if Christians had never seen environmental problems as a religious issue. It is true that the Catholic Church has only spoken out about the environment for about 25 years.
There should be something disturbing to people committed to love and peace about the fact that, among all economically-developed countries, the United States has by far the highest rate of gun-related murders in the world.
When the chips are down and the going gets rough, and people are claiming that we need to protect ourselves from a dangerous wave of tolerance, and openness, and acceptance, I think I'm going with Jesus.
The story of the church and LGBT rights is also my story. I first came back to church as a gay, recovering alcoholic. The church taught me that I was beautifully and wonderfully made; and that to love myself and care for myself was a form of gratitude to my Creator. Years later, after I had been with my partner for 11 years, I was married in the Episcopal church we now attend, and It was one of the most moving events of my life.
Since the institution of marriage has been around far longer than Christianity, I feel the first and most obvious point to note here is that marriage does not belong to Christianity.
"You rape our women," Dylann Roof is reported to have declared just prior to shooting nine black people in a Charleston church. And in that, he showed a mentality that reflects something deep in the culture.
To all my LGBT friends and Americans, this is your time. Congratulations! The bullies and bigots will kick and scream like the small minded manipulators they are, but it hasn't been enough to prevent Americans from doing the right thing.
Oh happy day, Friday, June 26, 2015! -- when our dearly beloved gay and lesbian friends celebrated the US Supreme Court's decision to make same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states.